I haven't seen an online producer get the same respect & notoriety as guys like Metro Boomin & Zaytoven. Hell, the majority of online guys never even show their face...lol.
In a 2011 interview, Metro Boomin went into detail about why he doesn't use Soundclick & why producers should never sell beats for $25. He said he was leasing beats for $300. I went and checked his old tweets & it was confirmed. I even saw him quoting $500 leases.
I went back & checked Zaytoven's tweets & saw him quoting $1500 leases years ago. His protege Cassius Jay? $750 leases. I know artists are paying these prices. Meanwhile, online producers are sitting around wondering if $50 is too much for a lease.
Zaytoven said that he gives big artists beats for free because it attracts people that want to be in the music business & then he charges them the high prices because of his brand.
Do you think Zay & Metro would be where they are today if they continually sold beats for the cheap?
Think about how many beats have be sold to make decent money.
One thing to notice is that low budget beats attract low budget artists. Artists complaining about how they dont have any money or that $50 is too much for a beat probably have 0 knowledge about how to advertise & promote to actually become successful. This results in both the artist & producer not being able to prosper due to lack of awareness.
There's more to add to this...but...what are your thoughts? Lets discuss.